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23 May 2017
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Year 9 students studying Japanese were happy to help out in the Junior School this week, teaching Year 4s some traditional Japanese games.

They included kendama (ball with a string), fukuwarai (similar to ‘pin the tail on a donkey’, but with a face), ohajiki (Japanese flat marbles), kingyo tsuri (fishing) and origami (paper folding).

Co-Head of Japanese at the Pakenham Campus, Kellie Ogawa, said Japanese children played the games in their free time or at festivals.

“We believe that learning about Japanese culture is integral to learning the language – and makes it more relevant to the students,” she said.

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